Dissertation or thesis writing is a key module of your academic career. You haven’t done it before, and you have been given this comprehensive task. And now you are wondering how do I get it done, how do I prepare a perfect dissertation, what skills do I need, how do I get started? What do I do?
Well, the first thing you must be thinking is; YES YOU CAN DO IT!
That’s the start you need…
Now, let’s learn the facts now. Some really useful tips to help you complete a perfection dissertation are provided below.
But what do I need to know? What are the most important things?
As indicated before, dissertation writing is a comprehensive task. You have to plan it, think about it and then prepare a dissertation outline. If you have not been given a topic of dissertation, than choose before its too late. Think about what interests you, what you want to do and how you will do it. Do some primary research. This would lead you to our first recommendation;
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1: Prepare Dissertation Outline
The outline answers the fundamental question; what is this dissertation about? It presents arguments on why do you think this topic is important, and analyses the strategy you intend to acquire in order to further investigate this subject of your interest. It is very important to consider the following questions while you select the dissertation topic and prepare your dissertation outline;
- Does the topic you have chosen have sufficient online data resources?
- What kind of data do you need to complete this paper (primary or secondary?) Do you intend to take lab works or questioners?
- Where does the topic lead you? Would you be able to achieve the required aims and objectives?
Topic selection is the most important decision you will have to make, so spend sufficient time and get it right. And if you have already been given a topic which you feel uncomfortable with, remember that you can always put in a request to have it changed.
2: Find Relevant Information
The next most important thing is to find relevant data and references resources. There are various online data bases that provide excessive information in almost every subject, however finding the right resources is the key. A good strategy is to review detailed papers/books/articles from various sources, including libraries, and then select a few which you find most relevant and interesting. Save these resources and use them to start your dissertation.
3: Produce a Tentative Content List
This is the time when you review the dissertation outline together with the data resources you have selected, and chalk out a tentative content list for the audience.
4: Define a Strategy for your Research
Think about how you are going to make your dissertation interesting. Having access to the relevant reference data resources is simply not enough… because you will need to define a strategy in terms of how you would present this information.
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5: Organize your Data
Organize and critically analyze the research data you have gathered. Verify the accuracy of your data; check if it is up-to-date, factual and correct. Note-down any opposing arguments, to ensure that your research methodology is not biased.
6: Learn from your Primary Research
State what you have learnt from your research, and relate it to the actual purpose of your research, and make notes on how can you move on to further investigate the interesting points you have come about. Effectively communicate the ideas, insights, and research findings. Establish the impact your research is expected to create!
7: Write the first Draft of your Dissertation
Now you are ready to start writing the first draft. Complete all the chapters, including references. Don’t worry about editing at this point. Complete the word-count and ensure that all the related information is included in accordance with your research outline.
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8: Revise your Draft
While working on the dissertation draft, you may want to re-arrange some of the contents of the paper, as it is natural to develop further understanding of the research topic which you are writing. Note down all these ideas, and revise the overall draft accordingly.
9: Check your Requirements
Proofread all the paper, and check if the dissertation meets the aim and objectives of your research. At this point, you may also check if you have provided logical arguments, conclusions, and an executive summary. You would also need to check the basics such as the order of content, list of tables, page numbers etc.
10: Prepare the final Dissertation Paper
Edit the draft to produce the final paper. Read your dissertation from the start till the end, and correct any mistakes in grammar, spelling, and punctuation. Make sure that you have referenced the data correctly, included tables, figures, graphs, appendices etc. Your aim should be to complete the final paper at least couple of days before the deadline. This would give you an opportunity to review the final version of your dissertation critically and in detail.
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